The Japanese American Archival Collection (JAAC) ImageBase presents about 1400 images in a searchable database of selected photographs and images of artifacts related to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. This award winning collection is housed in the Special Collections and University Archives of California State University, Sacramento.
The collection was formed in 1994 with an initial gift of photographs, documents and artifacts from Mary Tsuruko Tsukamoto, a prominent Sacramento teacher and civile rights activist. At the same time, the records of the Sacramento VFW Nisei Post 8985 and the Florin JACL oral history project were donated to the Library. Subsequent donations of items have been received from more than 200 donors, resulting in nearly 4,000 original items, including personal and offical photographs, letters, diaries, arts and crafts, newsletters, yearbooks and other publications. The Collection documents the people, places, and daily life of Japanese Americans, primarily those who lived in the once thriving farming community of pre-war Florin in the Sacramento region, as well as the conditions of incarceration in American internment camps during World War II.